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Middle East

Iraq

Iraq: Toward a mediation process among Sunni and Shia tribal and religious leaders

The overall goal of the project in Iraq is to alleviate high tensions among parties with different religious references, address the marginalization of influential actors, foster mutual trust and promote a peaceful and inclusive shared civil space. In particular, the project is aimed at contributing to non-violent conflict transformation processes with key actors among tribal and religious leaderships who might have felt excluded or marginalised in the many dialogue initiatives taking place in Iraq.

A preliminary phase of this project was aimed at the assessment of the potential, the relevance and the feasibility of work with tribal and religious leaders as influential actors of change and reconciliation, and the best conditions for going forward. The assessment also had the objective of identifying suitable actors to take part in the mediation process.